John and I wanted to make it out to the Guitar Hotel at the casino but it didn't look like that would be happening with the Covid-related closings...but then it did. They have a pretty good system down there- constant cleaning, EVERYONE in masks, social distancing...I think it more places were like the casino we might be able to get out of this mess. If you are local and heading to check it out, go during the week- not as crowded...and stay the night- the pool is beautiful! (but go early, before it gets hot AND crowded...'cause you have to wear a mask unless you are IN the water or IN your socially distanced pool chair!
This summer we were able to sign up for one Zoom workshop and then also have access to various speakers and tours. I chose a workshop about Fashion and Art with Carmela Spinelli. It was like I was back in my undergrad Art History lectures again, which I am super nerdy and LOVED! It also made me feel like an undergrad because there was SO MUCH new information. She would present garments and talk about the art and culture of the time...it was just what I needed.
For our project we could choose to come up with an exhibition proposal or a six piece collection based on an artist/movement. Of course I chose the second one! I knew I wanted to tie in whatever I made with my current June series, so I looked for connections in art using monarch butterflies as the motif. I remembered seeing some small botanical pieces at the Salvador Dali museum a few years back...and the Charles James silhouettes I saw at the Met a while back...and decided to marry those ideas in my six piece collection.
When I was coming up with my idea for the garments I came across a way to create a digital mood board using Milanote app. I could pull the images in the app and make notes in my phone- and then switch to my laptop to place the images in a board format. Definitely a tool that I will use again, and one that could be shared with students.
We all had a chance to present our pieces or exhibition ideas, I had a simple PowerPoint and then the actual artwork to share;
I was thinking about it, and I just wanted to have one post with some of my previous use of a butterfly motif in my work. These aren't in order, and include a variety of types of work that I make, not just my fashion illustrations;
It was a million degrees out, so thankfully we did were not required to wear masks outside as long as we could social distance- which we totally could because there were not as many tourists. It was a little surreal being able to walk down Duval and not have to dodge folks on the sidewalk, but we are glad we went- the local businesses were glad to see us!
Years from now, when we look back on 2020 we may still be shell shocked by just how much went on. Pandemic. Protests.
...and we still have seven months to go.
I am still thinking about how to verbalize what my June series is about, but those that know me personally and know my heART- you will get it right away I am pretty sure.
For now, I will give you this;
I will revisit this and give more information...once I get my words right.
Til then, I wanted to share a fun Zoom art workshop I was fortunate to participate in. My friend Kianga asked me if I would participate in one of her on-line workshops. She is going to be offering these for the public in the future, but for this first one it was just a small group of creative ladies and I felt honored to be included.
I didn't realize just how excited I was all week- but that morning I woke up early and set up a spot downstairs so I wouldn't wake up John and the cats. Here is a peek;
(Left) Yay, it's time for Artful Greetings! (Middle) Kianga mailed out a package with some fun fabrics, papers and other items (Right) A bird's eye view of my set up, my usual pull up art table, and an additional table with all kinds of art supplies and the computer of course. I have a space upstairs but I didn't want to wake up John so I set this up.
Any interaction with Kianga is a whole vibe reset, and this was no different. She opened the session with a blessing of our hands, which really cleared the space for creativity. She gently guided us through three note card making activities, giving some loose guidelines but encouraging everyone to make the work our own.
...just a gal trying to get this art out of my soul to share with the world on a DAILY basis...no big deal...check out my ramblings!-JLG